Montreal and Quebec City will enter red zone soon, health minister says

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Dubé didn’t give details on what restrictions an upgrade to “maximum alert” would impose, explaining his department is working on finalizing those details over the coming hours. He did say the priorities would be keeping children in schools, allowing people to work, maintaining a “minimum of commerce” and containing outbreaks and protecting hospitals.

“They’re decisions that will be very difficult, but we have to make them,” Dubé said.

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On Sunday, Quebec had 71,901 confirmed COVID-19 cases, of which 4,937 were active and 5,825 had died. Of the active cases, 216 were in hospital, and of those 41 were in intensive care. The number of people in hospitals has increased 57 per cent in a week.

A total of 27,380 people tested on Friday, for a cumulative total of 2,260,835 people tested to date.

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